Drawing to Heart
Huang Jianzhang’s Art Exhibition
Opening: 8pm, Oct 20th, 2018
Exhibition Duration: Oct 20th to Nov 17th, 2018
Opening Hours: 11am-5pm, Sundays Closed.
TCG Nordica Culture Center, Xibalu 101, Kunming
To the soul that lives/living in the ball-pen drawings
Text: Huang Jianzhang
I am an artist of ball-pen drawing, abandoning the bright colors of traditional paintings, obsessing with the relationship between the single color of ballpoint pens and contemporary art, showing a casual and steady style of painting. I use force to control the lines, free, easy and casual layout, and depict the works with emotions.
I was born in Yunnan, a region with many ethnic minorities. I love the traditional handicrafts of ethnic minorities and are fascinated by the unique linework of ethnic minorities. They are keen to reuse lines for painting. I applied a lot of lines of elements to my creation, improvised in the moment of inspiration, showing the light and shade of the lines by controlling the pen.
At the beginning of my creations, I don’t conceive the picture, but I sketch the lines as I want, and am able to truly understand myself after the creation. Others express themselves through works, but I know myself through works. In the moment when the picture is finally presented, I will really understand a different perspective of myself through the work. Such a creative process can reveal a different world of the soul, and be able to find a free and easy life in a regular world of rules and regulations. It provides a distance to the closeness of real life and thus alleviates the limitations of our time.
People can express their understanding of art through any means or carrier. This nostalgic feeling and theme are consistent with my inner feelings. It also expresses contemporary people’s attachment to national culture and the realm of life from one aspect. The single color and line are seemingly simple, but can portray a more complete and vivid me in the abstract expression.
The soul that lives in the ball-pen has gone through ten springs and autumns.